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Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:49 pm
by benedict3578
Top things a RaspPi case should/should not have.

SN) 1) Air Vents - Ever seen a mobile phone with air vents?
2) Boxy Design - Have you got no respect for the amazingness of the Pi?
S) 1) A NEW twist
2) Easy Opening
3) Easy Access to Pins

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:28 am
by ukscone
i like the bud industries pi plate http://www.budind.com/view/Plastic+Boxe ... Enclosures the only problem is the way you get the cables into it (via the underneath which i personally don't think is practical in the long run because of the sharp bends required but something similar would be nice.

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:39 am
by ikesmasher
With all due respect, with all the ports of the Pi being on different sides, its rather difficult to make it anything BUT a boxy shape.

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:29 am
by Steep
benedict3578 wrote:Top things a RaspPi case should/should not have.

SN) 1) Air Vents - Ever seen a mobile phone with air vents?
Ever seen how hot a mobile phone gets when it's on and processing for an extended period of time?

In principle I agree with you though some out of the boxy thinking would be welcome :)

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:15 am
by benedict3578
I know how hard it is to make a non-boxy design, but I think that even something like this:
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is not enough out of the 'box'. There is a great concept design online now, with lots of curves and a great finish. Just have a Google. If I see another one of these
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cases online, I am going to go mad! :x :x But other than that, everyone keep up the great designs! :D

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:00 am
by normal
Are there any cases that access the CSI and DSI ports? I know its maybe to early to ask but I want my case to be prepared when they hit.

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:15 pm
by killor
normal wrote:Are there any cases that access the CSI and DSI ports? I know its maybe to early to ask but I want my case to be prepared when they hit.
Hi !
My current CASE design has already DSI port open (in the face of SD CARD)...
but not yet CSI , but I can do it too. :D

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:20 pm
by killor
benedict3578 wrote:.. If I see another one of these
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cases online, I am going to go mad! :x :x But other than that, everyone keep up the great designs! :D
Sorry, this was my first taste of CASE... (It was too close) :oops: ...
Now I think the best performed ;)

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:21 pm
by tufty
- Should not have plumbing for a hot water supply.
- Should double as "VIP guest list" invitation for nightclubs.

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:35 am
by Mike Lake
This was the spec that got put together on these forums even before the first RPi arrived.

Naturally the PiHouse (http://www.ThePiShop.org) meets all these requirements. (But I would say that <g>)

* protection top and bottom,
* protection for the SD card when in place,
* access to all sides,
* access to all on-board top connectors including GPIO (very important),
* designed to allow stacking - daughter boards underneath, LCDs on top etc.
* location points for daughter boards on top or below to create a stack,
* slots in base to allow fitting of side panels for PCB or chassis mounted connectors on daughter boards.
* slots in base for cable clips to hold battery pack in place, A 2300mAh NiMH pack should power a Pi for over 4 hours.
* slot in base to allow battery power plug to pass up to RPi board,
* VESA mounting plate for 100mm x 100mm or 75mm x 75mm VESA mounts on PC screens and TVs
* grippy feet to ensure it does not slide across the desk,
* full air-conditioning (well, air circulation) to keep things cool - at least one of the chips on the RPi runs pretty warm,
* a little bit of extra weight so the RPi does not dangle in mid-air suspended by various leads,
* slot fixing - mounting holes are not available on the RPi but the slots ensure that the RPi is not too rigidly in place but can move slightly,
* secured with screws or some other way to allow easy disassembly/reassembly
* transparent - to show off the RPi at its best!

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:42 pm
by raspi
I don't think my box is particularly boxy - I tried to get away from that idea.

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http://raspi.co.uk/?p=96

Re: Things a case should/should not have?

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:26 pm
by CZUKONE
My Pi is to be used by myself and my 9 year old so a good, solid and strong boxy-box is what's required.

He also has a huge tub of lego...

We made this one today and I think it looks pretty good compared to the rest of what's out there (lego or non-lego).

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It can be easily modified if and when we need to use the GPIO pins and can also be used as an easily integrate-able controller for some future Pi-Lego robotics.

:)